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« on: September 23, 2004 08:19:34 PM »

hey everyone! for halloween this year i want a very new orleans mardi gras/cabret theme costume. and i'm on a budget so i cant really spend a lot of money on it. i know i want a mask. a pretty one. maybe with feathers or jewels. maybe i can even kick it up a notch and add angel wings! i was gonna be and angel last year but the wings i wanted to get were really expensive. i need help. suggestions anyone? thanks for the help!!!
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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2004 09:02:45 PM »

I recently came across these masks that Martha has on her site - I LOVE the flower one, and the feather one is great too! I can totally imagine a costume themed around them (I just want an excuse to make and wear the flower one myself!) - petals/leaves or feathers cut from beautiful paper would be really cool too!
you should be able to get everything you need to make them from any Michaels...


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« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2004 12:07:04 PM »

Ooo! Ooo! I can help with this one! Yay!

When I was in college we had a masquerade ball and all the masks I found were way expensive. So, I decided to make my own. It was super cheap and super fun! I used those foam sheets (I found mine in the craft section of Walmart). I first used a file folder to cut out a template of the shape I wanted (so I wouldn't waste the foam). Once I got it right, I used an exacto knife to cut the shape out of the foam. Then I used hot glue to decorate with sequins and feathers. I attached a length of black elastic cord to each side of the mask so that it would stay on. It looked great! And the foam was flexible so it molded to my face and didn't irritate me. I'm at work right now so I can't post a picture, but when I get home I'll try and remember to post one.

Hope this helps!

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« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2004 12:15:21 PM »

I once made a a really easy paper mache mask with regular glue and old math papers (paper mache with old school stuff is so much fun  Smiley).  I just cut out a mask shape out of a piece of paper, including eyes.  then I cut a little slit up the center where the nose is, so that I could make a formed nose.  I then put it up to my face and started paper maching where the nose was, so that it would be form fitted to my nose (or course, you could also just cut above the nose).  after that was dried enough so that it could be taken off my face without loosing shape (only a few minutes if you don't water down your glue), I set it aside and let it dry.  I then paper mached the rest of the mask until it was hard enough for my tastes.  I kind of held it up to my face and molded it as I went so that it was really fitted, but you don't really need to if you don't want to bother.

I painted it, put all sorts of paint and glitter and all on it, attached an elastic, and lined the back with felt.  it turned out looking really nice and professional looking, imho, and cost me nothing!   Cheesy

« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2004 05:43:32 PM »

As promised, here are the pictures of the mask I made using the foam sheet from Walmart...

This is the front (please excuse the poor picture! The lighting does not do it justice!)

This is the back of it...
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« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2004 10:42:51 AM »

thanks for the help!  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2004 02:41:55 PM »

I made a mardi gras mask for my mardi gras semi-formal I attended. I posted step-by-steps here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=7062.0

There are a bunch of pictures and another one on the bottom of the first page.
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2004 07:36:15 PM »

okay, I am pretty sure this is not what you were thinking of when you asked for suggestions based on a Mardi Gras theme but I couldn't help myself...

I think you should go as one of the girls gone wild that are seen at Mardi Gras!  It would be hilarious and the costume would be pretty cheap.  A pair of jeans and a TON of plastic bead necklaces (a la Mardi Gras) that you could somehow attach together (maybe hot glue would work?) and make into a halter top kinda thing.  You wouldn't need much else but a wild attitude - oh and maybe a silly jester-style hat.

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